This original collection revisits and re-evaluates Chomsky's
classic competence/performance distinction from a wide variety of
perspectives and areas of expertise. The discussion is placed
within a broad framework, taking account of a view of language both
as a societal construct and as internal, developing within the mind
and/or brain. Renowned experts in the fields of lexis,
sociolinguistics, connectionism, Universal Grammar, language
testing and interlanguage draw together ideas from the most recent
developments in second language learning and psychological theory.
Germane to their debate is the question of whether it is helpful,
or in principle possible, to draw a distinction between competence
and performance in second language learning. The volume will be of
interest to teachers, researchers and students of applied
linguistics, education and general linguistics.